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What is a tablet?

A tablet is basically a small, mobile, touchscreen computer.

Tablet Capabilities

What can a tablet do versus a computer?

A tablet can do a majority of what a computer can do but provides better mobility!

Computers Tablets                                      
  • desktops=not portable; laptops=somewhat portable
  • a LOT of storage
  • decent battery life on laptops
  • slower boot time
  • has a mouse and keyboard



  • compact, portable
  • built-in storage from 8 GB-128 GB
  • excellent battery life
  • quick boot time
  • has an on-screen keyboard; touch screen

What's in a tablet?

Your tablet is made up of various components such as an operating system, memory, apps, a browser, and wi-fi.

If you think of your device as a house, the Operating System (OS) would be the foundation.

Different OS, and different versions of the same OS, can look and act differently! 

Examples: Apple= iOS; Windows= Windows 10; Other= Android

You can find the OS on your device by:

  • Apple: Going to Settings>General>About>then look at Version
  • Android: Open Settings>About Tablet>find Android Version or Firmware Version

The Memory of your device would be like the attic of the house (storage space).

Memory is made up of Gigabytes (GB). These GBs hold pictures, eBooks, videos, and any other data you save to you device.

*Fun fact: A GB is made up of 1,024 MB (megabytes).

Apps (Applications) are computer programs which are like the walls of a house.

Apps are the little "squares" on your device. Many apps are pre-installed to a device (like the Phone, Calendar, Texts, and Mail apps) and you can download more from the App Store (like games or other programs). A widget is a form of an app that has one simple component, like the calculator or weather app.

A Browser is a pre-installed app that is like the windows of a house.

A browser is your window to the Internet and are used to view websites. Different companies provide different browsers.

Ex. Apple= ; Windows=  ; Android= ; Kindle=

Wireless Connections connect you to other devices, making it the satellite of a house.

Wi-Fi allows you to connect to the Internet, printers, etc.

Bluetooth allows you to connect to speakers, microphones, headsets, etc.


How does WiFi work? 

WiFi is a Wireless internet connection and you are not limited to a single WiFi network. Multiple devices/computers can connect at the same time. You can set WiFi to automatically connect to networks you've used before.

Connect anywhere if:                                    

  • you are close enough to a signal
  • the network is "open" (no password required) OR if you have the password for a secure network.

How to automatically connect to WiFi?

Apple devices Android devices

1. Open Settings

2. Tap Wi-Fi 

3. Make sure "Ask to Join Networks" is turned off. (white=off; green=on)

1. Swipe down from above the top of your screen to display the hidden menu OR tap the icon bar at the top.

2. Tap Wi-Fi 

Or Settings   then Wi-Fi

3. Tap the network name OR tap More  then Saved Networks.

4. Tap and hold the network name, select Modify Network, then Save.

What is the "Cloud"?

Normal= program data stored directly onto your phone

Cloud= program data stored on other super computers (a.k.a) "the cloud"

These computers are run by the company who developed the software.

Ex. Gmail is a "Cloud" program because:

  • accessible on any smartphone, tablet, or computer with wi-fi access
  • data is stored on Google's servers
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